Hussein Chalayan was born in Cyprus, and was graduated from Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design in London in 1993. He went on to open his own fashion label in the following year. He was chosen as British Designer of the Year in 1999 and 2000. Since 2002 he has been showing his collections in Paris, and he became Creative Director of Puma in 2008. Hussein Chalayan’s creations are characterised by innovative design, fantastically beautiful cuts and a purist aesthetic. Museums all over the world host his exhibitions – among them the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Palais du Louvre, Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Alongside his work as a fashion designer, Hussein Chalayan also makes films and has designed costumes for theatre and dance productions.
The fuzzy black dots on the left side of the carpet is meant to represent television static and the large yellow line is representative of a line scanning the map of the Silk Route which is mapped out in pink starting with the city of Antoich. All the most important cities of the Silk Route are represented with green dots. Colours are modern.
The carpet is inspired by screen grabs of video editing computer programs. The top number of the carpet is the coordinate number for the city of Chang’An, the Eastern most city of the Silk Route. The numbers below and left of Chang’An’s coordinates are the distances in different measurements of Chang’an to Istanbul which although was not a city traditionally a part of the Silk Route it’s a city which is very important to the designer. The lower coordinate number is the coordinate of Istanbul. Colours are modern.
Hussein Chalayan interpreted the Silk route in a series of his three carpet designs. He decided to combine oriental aspects of traditional carpets together with western modern culture therefore the “Approaching” carpet combines traditional frames together with a modern motif. The design in the middle of the carpet is an interpretation of a modern video game character within a traditional framework. Colours used within this carpet are kept traditional with the exception of the neon pink.